Julie Liss

Professor
Administrative
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020
Assoc Dean & Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020
Assoc Dean & Professor
Administrative
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020
Associate Dean and Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020

Biography

Julie Liss is an associate dean and professor in the College of Health Solutions. During more than 2 decades as PI of NIH-funded grants, her research has explored the production and perception of dysarthric speech; the way that listeners perceive impaired speech; and what factors aid in improving communication between people with motor speech disorders and those around them. The goal has been to understand both the ways in which neurological damage or disease impacts speech, language, and cognition as a window to the brain; and to capture how these changes in speech, language, and cognition impact quality of life. The fruits of this research are now being translated to clinical practice and industry through collaborations with experts in speech signal processing, data science, neuroscience and linguistics. She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has served as Editor-in-Chief for the discipline's flagship Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. 

Education

  • B.A. Psychology/ Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1984
  • M.A. Speech Pathology, University of Denver 1986
  • Ph.D. Normal Aspects of Speech and Hearing, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1989

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Research Interests

speech, language, cognition, quality of life, cognitive and social neuroscience, sensorimotor control, neurodegenerative disease, neurorehabilitation, acoustic analysis, perceptual analysis

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 567 Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592 Research
SHS 593 Applied Project
SHS 599 Thesis
SHS 790 Reading and Conference
SHS 792 Research
SHS 799 Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
SHS 592 Research
SHS 792 Research
SHS 799 Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 576 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SHS 592 Research
SHS 593 Applied Project
SHS 599 Thesis
SHS 790 Reading and Conference
SHS 792 Research
SHS 795 Continuing Registration
SHS 799 Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 567 Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592 Research
SHS 593 Applied Project
SHS 599 Thesis
SHS 790 Reading and Conference
SHS 792 Research
SHS 799 Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
SHS 784 Internship
SHS 792 Research
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 576 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SHS 592 Research
SHS 599 Thesis
SHS 792 Research
SHS 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 567 Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592 Research
SHS 599 Thesis
SHS 792 Research
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
SHS 784 Internship
SHS 792 Research
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
SHS 492 Honors Directed Study
SHS 493 Honors Thesis
SHS 494 Special Topics
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 499 Individualized Instruction
SHS 576 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SHS 592 Research
DSC 593 Applied Project
SHS 599 Thesis
SHS 790 Reading and Conference
SHS 792 Research
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
SHS 492 Honors Directed Study
SHS 493 Honors Thesis
SHS 494 Special Topics
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 499 Individualized Instruction
SHS 567 Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592 Research
SHS 599 Thesis
SHS 792 Research
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SHS 784 Internship
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SHS 492 Honors Directed Study
SHS 493 Honors Thesis
SHS 494 Special Topics
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 499 Individualized Instruction
SHS 576 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SHS 592 Research
SHS 599 Thesis
SHS 790 Reading and Conference
SHS 792 Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SHS 492 Honors Directed Study
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 499 Individualized Instruction
SHS 567 Neural Bases Comm Disorders
SHS 592 Research
SHS 599 Thesis
SHS 790 Reading and Conference
SHS 792 Research
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
SHS 784 Internship
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
SHS 492 Honors Directed Study
SHS 493 Honors Thesis
SHS 498 Pro-Seminar
SHS 499 Individualized Instruction
SHS 576 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
SHS 592 Research
SHS 792 Research

Presentations

  • Borrie, S., McAuliffe, M.J., Liss, J.M., Kirk, C., O'Beirne, G.A., & Anderson, T. Familiarization conditions and the mechanisms that underlie improved recognition of dysarthric speech. Language & Cognitive Processes. Christchurch New Zealand (Mar 2010).
  • Utianski, R., Lansford, K., & Liss, J.M. (March 2010). "The effects of topic knowledge on intelligibility and lexical segmentation of hypokinetic and ataxic dysarthria.". Conference on Motor Speech, Savannah, GA (Mar 2010).
  • Choe, Y-k., Liss, J.M., Azuma, T., Lotto, A.J., & Mathy, P. (March 2010). " Individual Differences in Perceptual Strategies.". Conference on Motor Speech, Savannah, GA (Mar 2010).
  • Borrie, S.A., McAuliffe, M.J., Liss, J.M., Kirk, C., OBeirne, G., & Anderson, T. (March 2010). "A comparison of familiarisation modes on perceptual learning and speech intelligibility of hypokinetic dysarthria.". Conference on Motor Speech, Savannah, GA (Mar 2010).
  • Utianski, R., Lansford, K., & Liss, J.M. "The effects of topic knowledge on intelligibility and lexical segmentation of hypokinetic and ataxic dysarthria.". Fourth Annual Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Tucson, AZ (Jan 2010).
  • Lansford, K., Caviness, J.N., Utianski, R., Liss, J.M., & Lotto, A.J. "Effects of speech intelligibility on the P1-N1-P2 complex: A preliminary analysis.". Fourth Annual Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Tucson, AZ (Jan 2010).
  • White, L., Liss, JM, Mattys, SL, Lansford, K, Lotto, AJ, Spitzer, S, & Caviness, JN. Distinguishing dysarthrias using rhythm metrics.". The British Association of Clinical Linguistics, University of Reading, Reading, UK (Dec 2008).
  • Spitzer, S.M., Liss, J.M, & Mattys, S.L. Acoustic Cues to Lexical Segmentation: A Study of Resynthesized Speech.". Conference on Motor Speech, Monterey, C (Mar 2008).
  • Liss, J.M., Spitzer, S.M, Lansford, K., Choe, Y-k., Kennerley, K. & Caviness, J.N. "Examining intelligibility deficits in ALS and Huntingtons disease.". Conference on Motor Speech, Monterey CA (Mar 2008).
  • Liss, JM. The Perception of Degraded Speech. Second Annual Meeting of the Auditory Cognitive Science Society, Tucson, Arizona (Jan 2008).
  • Mathy, Pamela, Choe, Yu-kyong, Liss, Julie, Edgar, Julia, Azuma, Tamiko. Effect of Computer-Mediated Training on Naming Performance by Aphasic Individual. ASHA Convention (Nov 2004).
  • Caviness, J, Liss, Julie, Parsons, L, Adler, C, Evidente, V. Analysis of high-frequency EEG-EMG Coherence in mouth movements and speech in PD. Conference on Motor Speech (Mar 2004).
  • Liss, Julie, Josephs, J, Parsons, L, Adler, C, Caviness, J. A prediction-based analysis of hypokinetic dysarthria in an "off" versus "on" medication state. Conference on Motor Speech, poster presentation (Mar 2004).
  • Liss, Julie, Krein-Jones, K, Lamoureux, A, Wszolek, Z, Caviness, J. Voice characteristics of patients with PPND and their application to pre-symptomatic detection in at-risk relatives. Conference on Motor Speech, poster presentation (Mar 2004).
  • Liss, Julie. Listener's role in the intelligibility of dysarthric speech. ASHA Short Course (Nov 2002).
  • Zraick, R, Liss, Julie. Individual listener differences in the perception of nasality. ASHA (Nov 2002).
  • Caviness, J, Liss, Julie. Analysis of EEG-EMG Coherence in Speech. Board of Governors Proceedings (Mar 2002).
  • Liss, Julie. Predicting Intelligibility from Auditory Cognitive Models. First Annual Meeting of the Auditory Cognitive Science Society
  • Corbin-Lewis, K, Liss, Julie. Vowel space in 10 Utah families. Poster presented at the 140th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Liss, Julie, Spitzer, S, Caviness, J, Adler, C. Perceptual segmentation of connected dysarthric speech: The final report. Tenth Biennial Conference on Motor Speech
  • Spitzer, S, Liss, Julie, Caviness, J, Adler, C, Edwards, B. An exploration of familiarization effects in the perception of hypokinetic and ataxic dysarthric speech. Poster presentation, Tenth Biennial Conference on Motor Speech

Service

  • Language and Linguistics, reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • National Institutes of Health, NIH NIDCD R03 Ad hoc reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • National Institutes of Health, NIH NIDCD ZDC1 SRB Ad hoc reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Speech Liaison Group for the Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Group, Founding member (2008 - Present)
  • Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, Guest AE (2006 - Present)
  • Personnel & Budget, Member (2005 - Present)
  • Search Committee for Academic Faculty Position, Chair (2005 - Present)
  • Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, Co-chair (2005 - Present)
  • Mentor Program for Junior Faculty, Mentor (2005 - Present)
  • Public Relations Committee, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale, Senior Visiting Researcher (2004 - Present)
  • National Institutes of Health, NIH NIDCD ZDC1 SRB Ad hoc reviewer; R03; F and K series (2010 - 2020)
  • Curriculum Committee, chair (2010 - 2011)
  • Masters Admissions and Program Committee, Chair (2010 - 2011)
  • Search Committee, chair (2010 - 2011)
  • ASHA/Advancing Academic Career Awards, reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • FAS Marie Curie International Postdoctoral Programme, Reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal of Speech, Hearing and Language Research, Guest Associate Editor (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal of Speech, Hearing and Language Research, Guest Associate Editor (2009 - 2010)
  • ASHA, Associate Editor (2007 - 2010)
  • American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Associate Editor (2007 - 2010)
  • American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Associate Editor (2007 - 2010)
  • Acoustical Society of America, Invited speaker (2009 - 2009)
  • Acoustical Society of America, Session Chair (2009 - 2009)
  • Acoustical Society of America, Student Poster Competition Judge (2009 - 2009)
  • Medical Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Guest Associate Editor, Special Volume (2008 - 2008)
  • Program and Planning Committee, Co-Chair (2008 - 2008)
  • Curriculum Committee, Chair (2006 - 2008)
  • Ph.D. Admissions and Program Committee, Member (2006 - 2008)
  • Personnel & Budget Committee, Member (2005 - 2008)
  • Tenure & Promotion Committee, Member (1998 - 2008)
  • Conference on Motor Speech, Program-CoChair (2006 - 2008)
  • Conference on Motor Speech, Program Chair, Conference Organizer (2006 - 2008)
  • Interim Department, SHS, Chair (2007 - 2007)
  • Ataxia Support Group (Phoenix Area and Tucson Area), Invited Speaker (2006 - 2006)
  • JOURNAL OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH, GUEST AE (2006 - 2006)
  • Neuroscience Ph.D. Curriculum Development Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Ph.D. Admissions and Program Committee, Chair (2004 - 2006)
  • NIH NIDCD R03, Ad hoc reviewer (2002 - 2006)
  • Huntington's Disease Support Group (Phoenix), Invited Speaker (1995 - 2006)
  • American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Guest Associate Editor (2005 - 2005)
  • NIH-NIDCD, Ad hoc reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • NSSHLA, Invited speaker (2005 - 2005)
  • Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Ad hoc reviewer (2004 - 2005)
  • J. Medical Speech Language Pathology, Editorial Consultant (2003 - 2005)
  • Mission Montessori Academy, SLP Supervisor (2003 - 2005)
  • Interdisciplinary Doctorate Program, Member (1994 - 2005)
  • NSSHLA; Ph.D. Shortage 2005 ASHA Convention, Invited Speaker (2005 - 2005)
  • Admissions Committee, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Graduate Admissions, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Affirmative Action, Representative (2004 - 2004)
  • NIH NIDCD Center Grant, Ad hoc reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Admissions Committee, Chair (2003 - 2004)
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Committee, Chair (2003 - 2004)
  • J. Acoustical Society of America, Reviewer (2003 - 2004)
  • Promotion and Tenure, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, Director (2002 - 2004)
  • NIH NIDCD Pre-Doctoral Award, Ad hoc reviewer (2002 - 2004)
  • Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale, Special Project Associate (1995 - 2004)
  • ASHA Convention Subcommittee 2004, Committee member (2004)
  • NIH-NIDCD, Ad hoc reviewer (2004)
  • Graduate Admissions, Chair (2003)
  • Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Associate Editor (2003)
  • NSERC (Canada), Grant Reviewer (2003)
  • SPEECH, JOURNAL OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH, ASSOCIATE EDITOR (2000 - 2002)
  • Research and Creative Activities, Council (1998 - 2002)
  • ASHA Convention Program Committee: Motor Speech, Member (2000 - 2000)
  • Reading Committee for Motor Speech Disorders, Member (2000 - 2000)

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